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WHSFL Recognizes Two Oustanding KEC Reivers

November 27, 2015

WHSFL.jpgThe Arnie Taylor Memorial Award (trophy and plaque): Given to a volunteer in a non-coaching position that has made a significant contribution to a football program... Susan Lachowich

"This year we celebrated our 10th season thanks to volunteers like Susan. She has worked with the team for10 years and helps with the managerial aspects of the program, from forms to fundraising. When the idea for a program started, Susan immediately volunteered to take on the role of team manager and began working towards helping make the team a reality. She organized the necessary paperwork, began fundraising in the spring and has continued moving forward. Her time and efforts have truly made a difference for our program, but more importantly for our players and community. Way to go Sue!"

The Jim Foubister Memorial Award (trophy, plaque and $500 scholarship): This award will be presented annually to a high school football player who displays the following: excellence on the field, sportsmanship, teamwork and overall good person... Danny Giang

"Danny is an incredible young man. Danny plays the game full out and tough, but always in a gentlemanly fashion. He leads his team by example by playing with respect for himself, teammates and opposition. Danny displays a positive character after a good or bad play / a win or a loss and lets his play do his talking. Danny has been a member of the Reivers since 2012, one of our rare 4 year players. While only in grade 9, he contributed on the field and earned regular playing time. Unfortunately, as a member of the U16 program, Danny torn his ACL and spent the next two years recovering from the injury. He endured surgery and a very long rehabilitation to get back on to the field. However, despite that devastating injury Danny chose to move forward in a very positive way. Danny wanted to stay involved with the sport that means so much to him, so he started officiating in grade 9 and is part of the Manitoba Football Referee's Association (MFRA). He has his Level 2 (Umpire) and is planning to complete his level 3 in the near future. Danny often travels outside of the city to officiate games and will quickly answer the call when needed to fill in for a colleague. Aside from refereeing, Danny also continued coming out to every practice and game, acting as a mentor/coach to other players during his grade 10 and 11 seasons.  This year, Danny successfully returned to the field and helped lead our young group of players. He played both running back and defensive back throughout the season, starting on both sides of the ball at various times. Danny is an outstanding citizen volunteering both in and out of the school setting. Some of Danny's volunteer experience include: coaching and refereeing at the RETSD flag football tournament for the past 3 years, serving at Concordia Hospital as a "Front Lobby Ambassador" and at Deer Lodge Centre as a Recreational Assistant to help plan and run recreational activities for seniors and veterans. Danny is enrolled in the KEC bio-medical internship program and maintains averages in the 90's. Next year, he plans to enter the Faculty of Science at the University of Manitoba specializing in Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine. Wow! Well done Danny!"